A leading boarding and day school for boys and girls aged 12-18 in Perthshire, Scotland
OG events are a chance to meet up with old school friends and make new acquaintances from the wider Glenalmond community. Many dinners and get-togethers take place every year. They're a great chance to find out what OGs have been up to since leaving Coll.
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OGGS win back the Fraser Cup
With a strong turnout from both sides, the 2014 OGGS vs Glenalmond golf match promised much. In the first of the morning foursomes, the top pairing of Andreas Frey and Andrew Gibson crushed David Rennie and Thomas Simmonds - unfortunately for Coll, the remaining 4 ties produced only half a point - coming from Fergus and Max Skinner against their father, Jamie Skinner and the OGGS Captain Tom Walker. A magnificent barbecue followed where the OGGS contemplated how best to protect their 3.5-1.5 lead in the singles. Coll must've been looking forward to evening chapel and lost concentration as the OGGS won 6 and halved 2 of the 10 singles matches meaning a final score of 10.5-4.5 and a victory for the OGGS.
The unique Fellows' Dining Room in the beautiful Old Court of Gonville and Caius College, University of Cambridge was the sumptuous venue for the seventh OG Oxbridge Alumni Dinner last week. Of the forty OGs in attendance no fewer than five were Caius graduates. Returning to their old college were Lord Kingarth, Chairman of Council and keynote speaker Mr Niall Booker, Chairman of Committee of Council, together with former Sub-Warden Noel Barrington Prowse. Eight OG Oxbridge undergraduates were also made very welcome. The fine food and wines and spectacular setting made for a truly memorable evening.
Once again the West Coast OGs and some from further afield turned up at The Western Club for the Glasgow Dinner, some almost unrecognisable in black tie, or resplendent in tartan. As for the OG girls, as glamorous as ever! Despite the formal dress the Glasgow Dinner had a very relaxed and informal atmosphere with a lot of laughter at the bar before the dinner even started. It was wonderful to chat with Emma Woods and have a look at the amazing Glenalmond Cook Book that she has produced although I was glad to be assured me that the recipes weren't actually past recipes from the dining hall! The Western Club excelled in providing a delicious 3 course meal and wine. It was a pleasure to have a contemporary of mine, Alex Massie, journalist and genius, as this years' speaker. Not only did I sit next to him during the meal and reminisce about our history lessons but he had the entire room in stitches with his very amusing and off the cuff speech. He explained that his year at Coll was the first to have girls. He went on to say that the general consensus was that 'girls would be good for the boys' however no one ever considered what would be good for the girls! It was also equally interesting to hear the Warden talk about how the school is progressing (by the sounds of it very well) and of course everyone loves the rousing rendition of The Carmen at the end of the evening. Thanks to all who attended, OGs and staff, for once again making it a great evening. I'm looking forward to the next one already.
Glasgow Dinner Secretary
The Old Glenalmond Club met for its annual London Dinner on Thursday 5th December in the usual hallowed surroundings of The Caledonian Club.
The inclement weather jeopardised the travel of several folk coming from Scotland but in true Glenalmond style they all battled through and made the dinner on time. The Warden and Emma even drove following the cancellation of their train. Their determination was perhaps due to the fact that the dinner was organised by Kate Woods. With her masterful organisation the whole evening went seamlessly and a jolly was enjoyed by all.
Our guest of honour this year was Patrick Cockburn OG, who is the Middle East Correspondent for the Independent and previously the Financial Times. We were all fascinated by his stories and anecdotes and it was pivotal to a very enjoyable evening.
The 2014 dinner will be again held at the Caledonian Club on Thursday 4th December - mark your diaries!
Alex Mackenzie Smith
OG Club Chairman
21 people gathered at Happy Valley racecourse for the Hong Kong OG evening at the races. Guests included OGs from several decades, even those 60s kids, and some unexpected OGs visiting Hong Kong who heard the rumour on the track that the OGs were in town. David Stirling (Reid's '83 - '88) was "just visiting" from overseas, complete with his OG socks followed by Richard Mattison (Skrine's '85 -'91) also in town on business. Sandy Dudgeon welcomed all present, thanked Murray Burton for his many years of support of the OG Club in Hong Kong and introduced Andrew Au as the new representative of the OG Club in the SAR. He welcomed Dr Craig Fleming and Louise Nowell from Coll. Craig Fleming gave the address prepared by the Warden on the current progress of the school and its ambitions in Asia. He apologised on behalf of Gordon Woods for his absence in the light of an issue which required his presence in Scotland
OG s present included Sandy Dudgeon (Goodacre's '71-'75), Andrew Au (Goodacre's '87-'91), John L Clark (Goodacre's '51-'55), Jeremy King (Skrine's '76-'79), James Fok (Skrine's '93-'98), Paul Leech (Matheson's '70-'74), Donald Skinner (Matheson's '75-'80), Chris Cheung (Patchell's '85-'91), Murray Burton (Patchell's '61-'66), Murray Lang (Reid's '00-'05), Simon Reid-Kay (Matheson's '71-'76), Louis Massie (Goodacres '90-'95) and Andrew Ogilvie (Goodacres '89-'94).
Amongst much reminiscing, 8 races, wonderful weather at around 22C and a fine dinner, a good time was had by all. By all accounts OGs represent a wide section of the community and this evening may have sparked a revival in OG activity in the region.
On Friday 4th October, 18 OGs and partners had a jolly supper at the Ship Inn in Elie.
Saturday 5th October started brightly and it turned out to stay that way all weekend. The first group to lead us out was Captain Andrew Primrose, President Colin Brown and Alan Mackie - setting a good pace for the weekend ahead. There were 38 golfers in all including 3 ladies - Patricia Brown, Emma Lindsay and Sian Gordon. Incredibly, the top 3 places for all of the men's trophies were all won by golfers playing in the afternoon - what does that tell you about OG golfers? The performance of the day was definitely by John Bushell, returning to Elie after a 7 year absence. John played magnificently returning a gross score of 69, net 65 which won him both the Boyes Cup (scratch) and Neish's trophy (handicap) - in fact had he been a few months older, it would've been a clean sweep. The Tullis Veterans trophy was won by another OG golfer who has been absent for several years, Ronnie McMillan (score of 78-9 = 69) who made the trip from Royal County Down with his brother Tony. The Ladies Cup was won by Emma Lindsay with the same score and a better inward half than Sian Gordon.
The Annual Dinner was extremely well attended by 51 OGs, partners and guests. The entertaining toast to the OGGS was given by Keith Macintosh and an amusing reply from Tom Walker, our new Captain. The Warden gave us an update on recent goings on at Coll and as a one-off Andrew Primrose conducted an auction of donated items, ultimately raising over £1,000 for the Hugh Price Pavilion refurbishment.
On Sunday 6th October, there were 29 golfers including 4 pupils from Coll accompanied by Alasdair Purdie. John Bushell was again thwarted by a McMillan with the Stocks Tankard being awarded this time to Tony McMillan with 38 stableford points, won on countback. It was also great to see David Sanderson scoring 36 points after missing most of this season with a broken elbow. Will Porter's 40 points off a handicap of 4 saw him comfortably win the competition between the Coll pupils.
Thanks to the Golf House Club Elie for allowing us courtesy of the club and the course.
The 2014 Annual Meeting will be over the weekend of 3rd-5th October 2014
The sun was shining on Saturday, 7 September when the Hugh Price Pavilion at the Cairnies golf course was re-opened after extensive renovations. In his speech from the new verandah to OGs, pupils and staff, the Warden remarked that a rebuild would be a better description of the work. Colin Brown, President of the OG Golfing Society and the Captain of Golf at Glenalmond, Andy Frey, both welcomed the transformation of the 36 year old building; the former recalled the long and strong tradition of golf at Coll and the latter looked forward to making use of the excellent facilities offered by the clubhouse and the school's unique golf course. After a toast and an excellent buffet lunch an informal match was played over nine holes between the OGs and the school, including the Warden. The result was irrelevant but all departed with a warm sense of achievement.
75 OG golfers contributed to the cost. The original target for the OG Golfing Society had been £20,000 but this had been raised to £28,000 when detailed costings became available. The final £1,200 was raised after a brisk and lively auction at the Golfing Society's Annual Meeting at Elie at the beginning of October. There has also been a generous donation of a brand new kitchen with equipment from Howdens Kitchens and a grant of £2,000 has been provided from the Annual Fund.
On a misty damp Sunday morning the OGGS team, led by Andrew Primrose, played on the Cairnies Course against the pupils of Glenalmond. The OGGS team consisting of Andrew Primrose, Bobby Dickson, Andrew Thomson, Colin Brown, Sandy Gray, Sandy Ferrari, Jim Patrick, Euan McSherry and David Rennie played the Coll team consisting of Andrew Gibson, Albert Casis, Henry Gray, Max Skinner, Andy Frey, Karl Frey, Cameron Grieve, Campbell Gibson and Angus Littleford. After some close and well fought foursome's matches in the morning, everyone enjoyed a fabulous barbeque lunch as the scores stood 3.5 to 1.5 in favour of the pupils. The Warden, Peter Golden and Alasdair Purdie joined the pupils' team after lunch for the singles and the sun finally burned its way through the fog to cast light on the final stages of play! The OGGS team were beaten 8-5. Thanks to Peter Golden (Master i/c Golf) for his organisation. The pupils won the match for the first time since 2005.
An extremely wet May day at Crieff Golf Club saw the OGGS team consisting of Andrew Primrose, Brian Richmond, Bobby Dickson and Sandy Ferrari take on the Glenalmond Staff consisting of The Warden, Craig Henderson, Conor Swaile and Allan Law. The OGGS were beaten 2-0.
We were treated to a wonderful May evening for our sixth annual Oxbridge Alumni dinner at Oriel, where rather more than 40 of us were able to enjoy Oxford hospitality at its very best. Our evening began with a wonderful Choral Evensong arranged superbly by Tiffany Vong (OG), Senior Organ Scholar at the college. We dined in the Champneys Room and were duly impressed by the quality of the food, wines and ambience. Oriel's proud reputation for fine dining is indeed, well warranted. Our Warden was in fine form with an engaging, amusing and uplifting speech; ideally suited to his old university. Bishop David our Primus and leading Glenalmond Council member and proud Orielensis himself, gave a fine, measured, thoughtful and entertaining discourse linking Gladstone, Oxford and Glenalmond. The voice of Cambridge did not remain silent as Niall Booker, Member of Council, spoke of the Development Office and the state of the Glenalmond economy, while His Excellency, Her Majesty's Ambassador to Romania , Martin Harris (OG) gave a generous vote of thanks on behalf of the Alumni, not least, the "away team" of Cantabrigienses. The Carmen duly resonated in these most sympathetic and fitting Quad surroundings and we vowed to meet again at Cambridge in May 2014.
In the impressive surroundings of Edinburgh's New Club, the coldness of a freezing evening was broken but the warm glow of OG Reunion and a splendid dinner. The speeches were also splendid, and after the Warden had given his state of the Glenalmond nation message (well received), Dallas Campbell, writer, journalist, television presenter and omnium gatherum of ideas and wit, proved himself an engaging after dinner speaker. In an informal style he revealed that his recent visit to Coll had impressed and reminded him of what the College stood for. He's not the only OG with fond memories of Patchell's cubes impressed upon his mental retina, or with memories of forged signatures and impostures of the past. Wandering around Coll (like a Belgian flaneur) he had been impressed with the new laboratories and the liveliness of the pupils. His message: be adventurous, accept risk, progress and don't let health and safety get you down. And so it was, with a merry message in the heart that the OG's present faced the north wind of Princes Street and home.